The Star Faced Crocodile by David Melling


The Star Faced Crocodile by David Melling

Introducing two fabulously fun characters a bear with a banjo and a star-faced crocodile, this is a tale of friendship and of music. Told with warmth and wit and accompanied by vibrant watercolour artwork, it teaches us how to respect the world we live in and the delicate balance of nature.


This is a lovely book and David Melling's illustrations are excellent.

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... Junior Bears and crocodiles - usually the villains of the piece - are, in this sweet story, just two lost souls looking for a friend. ... I wasn't surprised to learn that this book had been written in collaboration with a class of school children - there is a certain naive stream-of-consciousness feel to the plot that only adds to its appeal. Carousel Endearing and poignant tale enhanced by appealing illustrations. Bournemouth Daily Echo Extremely inventive. School Librarian

About the Author

David Melling

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors David Melling was born in Oxford. His father was a sculptor and David inherited his artistic leanings. David has received much recognition for his artistic talent. His first book 'Brilliant the Dinosaur' (Pavilion) was shortlisted for the 1994 Smarties Book Award and 'What's that Noise?' was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. More recently, The Kiss That Missed was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. His recent picture book, The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voice over by Hugh Laurie. It was shortlisted for the Pulcinella Award 2005 for 'Best TV Movie' category. To date he has illustrated over 60 books, writing and illustrating around 15 of them, including the popular Hugless Douglas

David Melling is married and lives with his wife and two children in Oxfordshire.

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32 pages


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Publication date

16th July 2009



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